Fantasy Football Players Cry Foul on Fee: Sandbox.com, the last of the major free fantasy football sites, has instituted an 11th-hour plan to charge certain users, a move some team owners are calling a fumble. The site has begun charging a $3.95 per month fee to use the site during “peak” hours. The new subscription hours run from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. EST and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT–coinciding with the minutes just before the games when some team owners are eager to make last-minute changes to their lineups.
“Although Sandbox said it tried to notify most of its members, some team owners won’t learn of the pay plans until they log on Sunday to adjust their lineups for the first weekend of the season, which kicked off Thursday. That means they’ll have to make a split-second decision to pony up the $3.95 or stick with a lineup that could include a starting quarterback who threw out his elbow or a wide receiver with a bum knee.”